Soloist Diploma, National Conservatory of Music, Athens, Greece, Bachelor of Business Administration (BΒΑ), School of Economics University of Piraeus, Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) RNCM, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), SUNY Stony Brook University
Yannis Petridis studied the guitar at the National Conservatoire of Athens with Evangelos (Assimakopoulos) and Liza (Zoe) and graduated with first prize and distinction. He carried on his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK, taking a postgraduate degree in musical performance with Gordon Crosskey. In addition, Yannis Petridis holds a Doctorate degree from Stony Brook University, New York, USA, under Professor Jerry Willard. He has been awarded in Greek and International Guitar Competitions. Yannis has also taught in masterclasses in Greece, G. Britain, Hungary and the USA – where, he performed in a series of concerts in Colleges, Universities and Guitar Festivals. Recently, he gave a lecture at Yale University on “Ancient, traditional, popular and modern Greek traces in the music for two guitars by T. Antoniou, P. Koukos, K. Giorginakis, K. Grigoreas, V. Tenidis”. For more than twenty years he has been performing guitar duo repertoire with his wife Alexandra Christodimou. Together they have performed in major concert halls, guitar festivals, and at educational institutions – in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Cyprus, Hungary, Morocco and throughout Greece. Performances have been recorded and broadcast for the Greek Radio Television and the Radio Organization of Cyprus. They have toured with the Cyprus State Orchestra and have performed at the 3rd International Guitar Festival at the Athens Music Hall and at the Greek Presidential Palace. Throughout their career, they have been dedicated to the performance of music by Greek composers. Their contribution to the guitar duo repertoire is significant as well: their transcriptions of G. Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and J. S. Bach’s “Italian Concerto”, are included in their first CD “Rhapsody for two guitars”, which also includes works by J. Rodrigo, K. Giorginakis and A. Piazzolla. “Mediterranean Echoes”. Their second CD, includes music by L. Boccherini, J. Rodrigo, M. de Falla, M. Gangi, P. Petit and K. Grigoreas – whose works were dedicated to them. Their CDs have been received with excellent critiques by the Greek and International Press. Their arrangement of Manos Hadjidakis’ “For a little white seashell – is included in the CD “Master Class, Half a Century of Greek Guitarists” (2005, Eros Music). Yannis Petridis was among the faculty of Nakas Conservatory and the National Conservatory of Athens (1989 – 2008), and currently teaches and at the National Conservatoire of Athens and is the artistic director of the Guitar Festival in Palaio Faliro, Athens.
Web site: www.alexandrayannis.com